Q & A

I am a federal employee, 66 years old, planning to retire Jan. 3. I now have full coverage under Blue Cross Blue Shield for me and my husband. I understand that when I retire, I must sign up for Medicare Part A, but I am not sure about part B. If I elect to take Medicare Part B, and have BCBS as my supplement, may I still purchase my prescriptions through CVS Care Mark after I retire? Can you tell me the monthly cost for my spouse and myself to continue with full coverage under BCBS?

Answer: Whether or not you enroll in Medicare Part B, you can continue to order your prescriptions from your FEHB provider. The premium rates for non-Postal Service retirees are the same as they were when employed. Postal Service retirees pay more because they lose the employee subsidy that was negotiated by their unions.

Source: Reg Jones, FederalTimes.com – July 25, 2014

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